Friday, March 2

oh great and wise thesaurus....

Due to Dan's pestering, I watched Beowulf and Grendel last night. The film makers went the route of bludgeoning the audience with the idea that maybe, just maybe, Grendel's not all bad, it's the Danes. This didn't work too well, because one can't play the relativism card and still show Grendel bowling with skulls. The filmmakers, to further their ineffective attempt at showing Grendel as a sweet, misunderstood troll also included a crazy witch, who doubles as a brazen whore and tries to shock Beowulf/ the audience with her dirty stories. Also, where's the logic in making a Grendel sex scene (as if one were needed) longer than a Beowulf sex scene?

Last night my project group for Tolkien class gave our presentation. People who weren't us (Prof Z and Frondo Story Guy) said we did a good job, which I take to mean that at least I won't fail. My hands were shaking like a drug addicts, due to some combination of nerves and caffeine.

Right now I'm in the Whipple computer lab because my mass media class was canceled, and I had to drive all the way here. I should probably use up some of RIC's paper while I'm here, but I also feel like I should just leave and look for a job at some place where the employers aren't blue hair hating jerks. I'm sick of being a nice person and have made a decision to flick off more campus police and work on a Billy Idol sneer to throw at people when people give me that "look at that blue haired freak/ downfall of society and corrupter of the youth" look.

Kellye, The Anchor's "roving reporter" asked me the question of the week on Monday, and I ended up in the February 27 issue, with a picture that makes me look like my mom.

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Blogger Daniel said...

I think one of the big points the movie makers might have wanted to make was that the Danes basically brought it upon themselves. The whole violence begets violence thing fits fairly well into my understanding of the Norse idea of orlog, anyway.

March 02, 2007 8:02 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Agreed about the violence betting violence, but in order to make that point fully I think the film makers needed to do more to combat centuries of Grendel getting a bad rap. Everyone reads Beowulf in high school, and going into the movie everyone knows that Grendel is a monster. I actually enjoyed the movie, despite what I wrote above and the crappy acting on the part of the witch.

March 05, 2007 12:55 AM  

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